Vegan Diet, Raw Nuts Prevent Diabetes, Heart Disease
“I have diabetes and I was very worried that more carbs and fruit and less protein would mean my blood sugar would be harder to manage,” said the senior member at Mothering.com.
Additionally, the woman reports increased energy, weight loss and improved digestion. Her body is rejecting some medications, and it appears it is handling her skin issues (scalp psoriasis, rash, acne, pimples) on its own, albeit very aggressively.
Legumes lower blood pressure and improve blood sugar
A study that appeared in Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine involving 121 people with Type 2 diabetes, who were on anti-diabetic medication, split the group between those who increased legumes by at least one cup per day, and those who increased the amount of whole wheat foods.
The results of the study caused the authors to support the consumption of legumes. “Legume consumption of approximately 190 grams per day (one cup) seems to contribute usefully to a low-GI diet and reduce CHD risk through a reduction in BP,” said David J.A. Jenkins, MD, of the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital.
Eating raw nuts can stave off diabetes, as well as heart disease
Many dieters begin to consume more nuts as they switch to more of a raw food and/or vegan diet. As it turns out, this could be a leading factor in the numerous studies showing improved symptoms for diabetics who choose the vegan lifestyle.
“Adding one ounce of mixed nuts to the diet daily can help reduce obesity, blood pressure, and blood sugar that are all markers of metabolic syndrome that can lead to Type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” said Kathleen Blanchard, RN, reporter for eMaxHealth.
Blanchard adds, “nuts are also packed with antioxidants to support overall health and reduce inflammation that accompanies chronic diseases like diabetes.”
Many health researchers say it is more about what you take away, than what you add, to the diet, that can improve health. But as the member of Mothering.com points out, “more carbs and fruit” did not have any negative effects on her blood sugar levels, when some medical personnel might suggest the opposite as being true.
Our experience has been that nearly all the people we work with have the opposite result as the woman mentioned above when adding more carbs, legumes and fruit. We would tend to agree that it is likely the removal of poor and unhealthy dietary elements, and the addition of healthy nuts that afforded her better blood sugar control.
Put your body in a position of strength to master diabetes in the healthiest way possible by promoting, supporting and creating health. Poor health feeds poor health in a vicious cycle, or negative feedback loop that is increasingly difficult to break the longer it runs. Improving health creates a positive feedback loop instead.
Focus on Food
Our motto is “Focus on Food.” We think this must be the foundation for optimal blood sugar control and better living. We consider the right foods to be the most important of our 5 pillars supporting thriving health.
Modern, industrialized food modification, farming, and processing have contributed to the unprecedented rise in chronic lifestyle and autoimmune diseases. A fundamental problem in diabetes is the body’s inability to metabolize glucose properly. This downloadable, printable special report provides information, evidence and data with which to understand the theory and methodology behind the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle to master diabetes in the healthiest way possible. It provides you with insight into why we think it works so well for optimizing blood sugar control and better living.
Sources for this article include: